Spring 2014

Environmental Risks and Environmental Choices

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-432


David P. Delaney (Section 01)
Jan E. Dizard (Section 01)


Environmentalists are divided between those who believe there must be a fundamental change in our values and our devotion to the market and those who believe our values and the market offer the best hope for achieving sound environmental policy.  If we are to achieve sustainable management of natural resources, is it necessary that we first transform ourselves and the basis of our social organization or do we already possess the tools to accomplish the task, in which case fundamental transformations might actually make things worse?

In this course, we will join this debate and closely examine the claims and counterclaims made for each position.  We will examine specific issues, ranging from reducing greenhouse gases to regulating genetically modified crops, in hopes of working our way toward an assessment of policy choices.

Students will be expected to select an environmental issue (not necessarily one on which our course readings will focus) on which they will write a term paper that comes to grips with our options and that will suggest, albeit tentatively, which option(s) seem most promising.

Limited to 25 students.  Not open to first-year students.  Spring semester.  Professor Dizard and Senior Lecturer Delaney.

If Overenrolled: preference given to ENST majors and then to seniors, juniors, and sophomores in that order.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014